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MacTavish, Lowe able to separate business, friendship

Updated: May 22, 2006, 7:06 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ANAHEIM -- In general, these relationships never end well.

At some point, somewhere down the road, there will be a reckoning, and the best one can hope for is that the end comes swiftly and without too much heartache for either side. It is this way for all coaches and all general managers, no matter how deep their friendship.

"I've heard that. I don't know it to be true. But I have heard that," Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish acknowledged Saturday.

It was a picture-perfect ...

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